Refining and polishing written content while carefully preserving the author’s voice
$.01–$.015 per word
Free your writing from common errors. This is the final check before publishing that looks for typos and errors in:
- word use
Copyediting and Line Editing
$.02–$.03 per word
Copyediting looks at clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness. It includes everything covered by proofreading plus correcting syntax to improve readability, checking facts, and following a style guide such as The Chicago Manual of Style, The AP Stylebook, or an in-house style guide. If needed, a style sheet can be created to maintain consistency. Copyediting looks for problems such as:
- misplaced modifiers
- words used out of context
- inconsistency and contradictions
- plot holes or missing information
- potential libel and copyright issues
- awkward phrasing and jargon
Line editing looks at the tone, flow, clarity, and language of content. It involves evaluating the writing line by line to ensure the author is making the most of every sentence. The goal is to improve the content so that it is effective and engaging for the target audience. Line editing looks for problems such as:
- unnecessary modifiers
- empty words or phrases that add no value
- passive voice when active should be used
- unparallel items or phrases in lists
Since copyediting and line editing overlap and my clients usually need both, I offer these together as one service.
I can do a free sample edit so that I can more accurately estimate how much time your content will need and you can get a better idea of what to expect from my editing.
I specialize in fiction, specifically the speculative, historical, romance, and suspense genres. I also edit nonfiction books, essays, manuals, marketing materials, and articles.
For more information about the different levels of editing, see this post.
How it works
Send me an email with information about your content (such as topic, genre, length, target audience, publishing goals, which level of editing it needs, etc.) and any questions you have for me, and I will respond with my availability.
If the time frame is acceptable, send me your document, and I will give you a quote along with a sample edit, if necessary. I can edit in MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, or Google Docs.
Confirm you are satisfied with the quote and sign the letter of agreement, and I will begin working.
I will email your document and send you an invoice through PayPal.
I am a freelance editor with a background in education who homeschools, paints, stays up too late reading, and tries to garden despite a somewhat brown thumb.
Effective communication is my focus. I love correcting the errors and improving the flow in others’ writing so that their message is unimpeded.
I developed a reputation for being meticulous about writing while earning a BA in technical communication. I have worked as a private tutor but also edited academic papers on a volunteer basis.
When I decided to become a professional editor, I completed the High-Level Proofreading Pro and Art of Line Editing training courses taught by Edit Republic. While I have always had a keen eye for grammar, spelling, word use, and consistency, this is when I learned the more technical aspects of editing and current industry standards.
I am a member of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors and The Christian PEN and take courses through The PEN Institute to keep my skills current.